Rock n roll poetry

17 11 2009

Gig by Simon Armitage

Gig

A poet is a rock star without the sex’n’drugs, or the rock’n’roll. But that never stopped Simon Armitage dreaming, and in Gig, he explores how music and the muse intertwine in work and in life. Crammed with stories, anecdotes, jokes, absurdities, the odd informal homily, pitfalls and pratfalls (not all the author’s own), Yorkshire life and death, Gig is about the dream and reality of what you are, and what you might have been.

A really warm, uncynical and refreshing view of the life poetic with stories of being out on the road interspersed with musical reminiscences. Very enjoyable. The only gripe about the otherwise impeccable musical selection is the author’s eventual caving in to the pressures of the Bob Dylan hegemony.

3 star

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